Formerly, when you did not know God,1 you were slaves2 to those who by nature are not gods.3
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But now that you know God--or rather are known by God4--how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved5 by them all over again?6
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You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!7
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I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.8
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I plead with you, brothers,9 become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.
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As you know, it was because of an illness10 that I first preached the gospel to you.
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Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.11
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What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?12
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Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you [from us], so that you may be zealous for them.13
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It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.14
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My dear children,15 for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,16
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how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!